Events calendar

All Trust events cancelled until early June

At the Trust, we are doing everything we can to provide support and reassurance to our staff, volunteers and supporters in these uncertain and challenging times. We wish to play our part in keeping people healthy and safe.

Following government guidance, we have decided all Trust events involving staff and registered volunteers scheduled for March, April and May must be cancelled. This includes both indoor and outdoor activities.

We will review arrangements for future months in due course in light of any updates to government guidance and share updates on our website and social media channels and by email to those registered with us. We will also be exploring whether some events can be carried out virtually or postponed to a later date.

If individuals wish to continue to carry out BeeWalks, please follow the government social distancing guidelines.

These are exceptional times and we’ll work to support each other and keep you updated.

Gill Perkins, CEO

Jun
18
Thu
An Introduction to Solitary Bees @ Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust, Guilford Rd, Sandwich Bay, Sandwich CT13 9PF [Kent]
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

There are over 250 species of solitary bee in Britain. This workshop will give you a basic introduction to the ecology and identification of these fascinating insects. We will focus on common species and groups that you are likely to encounter in your gardens and greenspaces and that can usually be identified in the field or from a good photograph. We will split the day between indoor sessions and time spent outdoors practising field identification.

All welcome – training and equipment is provided on the day and no previous experience required. If you have your own copy of ‘A Field Guide to Bees of Britain and Ireland’ by Steven Falk and Richard Lewington It will be useful to have this with you the day but not essential
Cost – FREE
Booking is essential, please email the team to book your place – mab@bumblebeeconservation.org

Jun
20
Sat
Beginner’s Bumblebee Identification Course @ Tyland Barn, Chatham Rd, Maidstone ME14 3BD [Kent]
Jun 20 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Learn about the biology and ecology of these attractive, charismatic insects, how to identify our most common and rarest species and practice your skills in the field; to include an update on the Bombus subterraneus reintroduction project.

Please click here for full information about this course on the Kent Wildlife Trust website.

Standard fee: £35 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Jun
23
Tue
Refresher Bumblebee Identification Course @ Green Porch Hall (Milton Creek), Green Porch Cl, Sittingbourne ME10 2HA [Kent]
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

This course aims to refresh your identification skills, perfect for those who have previously attended an ID course or for those familiar with our common species. The day will provide a recap on the main identification features for our common bumblebee species as well as a few trickier ones. Followed by an extended outdoor session to provide plenty of time to practice with the guidance of the Making a Buzz for the Coast team.

All welcome – training and equipment is provided on the day.
Cost – FREE
Booking is essential, please email the team to book your place – mab@bumblebeeconservation.org

Jun
25
Thu
Bumblebee Safaris, Mugdock Country Park @ Mugdock Country Park, Milngavie, Mugdock, Glasgow G62 8EL, UK
Jun 25 @ 1:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Bumblebee Safaris, Mugdock Country Park

Times:
1.45pm – 2.30pm: Family bumblebee safari
2.45pm – 3.30pm: Adults only bumblebee safari

These are free events, but donations to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust are welcomed.

Join one of our volunteers, Shona Menzies, on a short walk among the flowers at Mugdock Country Park. See different species up close and find out many fascinating facts about bumblebees.

There will be an indoor display if the weather is unsuitable for a walk.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Booking is essential and places are limited. Call on 0141 956 6100 to book.

For information about facilities at Mugdock Country Park, and for directions, please visit their website:
mugdock-country-park.org.uk

Jul
4
Sat
Bees and Butterflies (two sessions 9:30am and 12:30pm) @ Victory Wood, Yorkletts, Whitstable CT5 3AH [Kent]
Jul 4 all-day

Victory Wood is a 140-hectare (350-acre) site on the western edge of one of the largest areas of continuous ancient woodland in South East England. Known as the Blean complex, it arches over the north of Canterbury and covers an area of 28.5 square kilometres (11 square miles).

Its open habitats are home to a host of butterflies and the rare Shill Carder bee. In conjunction with the Woodland Trust, we’re offering families a small, fun event to help you find and identify the bees and butterflies that live in our precious habitat. We’re thrilled that Victory Wood is the ideal home for the rare Shrill Carder bee and hopefully you’ll spot a range of butterflies such as common blues, painted ladies, red admirals, and marbled whites amongst others. You’ll also make some bee-themed crafts to take home!. At our bee walks last year people said: “The fantastic bumblebee walk was a great way of experiencing Victory Wood, and “We loved the bee hunt for the shrill carder!”

Cost: £6 per adult; £3 per child. Booking essential.
Click the link to book your places: https://woodlandtrusttickets.cloudvenue.co.uk/bbvictory

Jul
29
Wed
Bumblebee Blitz – northwest Sutherland @ Polin Bay, nr. Oldshoremore, northwest Sutherland
Jul 29 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Are you keen naturalist, passionate about your local area? Do you have a strong interest in bumblebees?

We want you! We need to find and record what bees are where, what flowers they are feeding on, and what flowers are available for them to feed on at a number of locations in Sutherland. This will be very helpful to our conservation efforts, especially if we are able to find any rare Great yellow bumblebees!

We’ll meet at 11am at the Polin Bay car park to co-ordinate, then head out to the machair area behind the beach. We’ll return at 3pm to compare what we’ve found. If you have a net and a hand lens, please bring it (more will be available on the day to borrow). Bring a packed lunch, stout walking boots/shoes, and come prepared for changeable weather.

Aug
8
Sat
Intermediate Bumblebee Identification Course @ High Halstow Village Hall, ME3 8SQ and Northward Hill RSPB Reserve [Kent]
Aug 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This intermediate course will cover the identification of all UK species, including an in depth look at bumblebee ecology, lifecycle and conservation. The course will focus on the rarer species of Kent and how to tell the tricky species apart. Suitable for persons who can identify the most common bumblebees.

What will you need: a lunch and suitable shoes for a short walk
Cost – FREE
Booking is essential, please email the team to book your place – mab@bumblebeeconservation.org

Aug
10
Mon
Intermediate Bumblebee Identification Course @ Tyland Barn, Chatham Rd, Sandling, Maidstone ME14 3BD [Kent]
Aug 10 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

The day begins in the classroom, with a discussion on bumblebee conservation and decline, evolution, lifecycle and their autecology. We will cover identification of all UK species, and there will be opportunities to view pinned specimens. In the afternoon, we will walk around the Tyland Barn nature reserve garden and meadows. Each participant will be given a net, hand lens and ID sheet for collection.

The objective will be to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills of bumblebee ecology and identification.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Identify all species of bumblebees found in the UK
  • Understand more about the lifecycle, conservation and/or ecology of the bumblebee
  • Learn about field survey techniques

Students should leave the day with a clear idea of how they can carry forward their interest and continue their study of bumblebees.

Led by Dr Nikki Gammans, Bumblebee Project Manager – Short-haired Bumblebee Reintroduction Project and President Kent Field Club, and Geoff Allen, Expert on bees, wasps and ants, and Recorder for Kent Field Club.

Suitable for those who know how to identify the big seven and wish to further their skills in other species. It is recommended you have attended a beginners study day.

To book your space, click here.

Aug
15
Sat
Intermediate Bumblebee Identification Course @ Reculver Visitor Centre, Herne Bay, CT6 6ST [Kent]
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This intermediate course will cover the identification of all UK species, including an in depth look at bumblebee ecology, lifecycle and conservation. The course will focus on the rarer species of Kent and how to tell the tricky species apart. Suitable for persons who can identify the most common bumblebees.

What will you need: a lunch and suitable shoes for a short walk
Cost – FREE
Booking is essential, please email the team to book your place – mab@bumblebeeconservation.org

Aug
18
Tue
Field practice session for bumblebee identification @ Foreness Point, Palm Bay Avenue, Margate, CT9 3PP [Kent]
Aug 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Field practice sessions for bumblebee identification great for beginners or as a refresher. Come and join the Making a Buzz for the Coast team and gain bumblebee identification skills! Learn how to identify bumblebees out in the field, perfect for BeeWalkers or keen wildlife watchers! Please contact the Making a buzz for the Coast team to book: mab@bumblebeeconservation.org

All welcome – training and equipment is provided on the day and no previous experience required.

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